Stephen Evans

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Stephen is a playwright and author of The Marriage of True Minds and A Transcendental Journey.

The Facts Most Astounding

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"If the day and the night are such that you greet them with joy, and life emits a fragrance like flowers and sweet-scented herbs, is more elastic, more starry, more immortal — that is your success. All nature is your congratulation, and you have cause momentarily to bless yourself. The greatest gains and values are farthest from being appreciated. We easily come to doubt if they exist. We soon forget them. They are the highest reality. Perhaps the facts most astounding and most real are never communicated by man to man. The true harvest of my daily life is somewhat as intangible and indescribable as the tints of morning or evening. It is a little star-dust caught, a segment of the rainbow which I have clutched."

 

Henry David Thoreau

Walden

 

 

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Rosy Cole
Wow! All that living in the woods gave Thoreau a purchase on reality lost to the busy run of mankind. That is golden stuff to live... Read More
Friday, 25 July 2014 10:19
Stephen Evans
I take some comfort that he spent two years at Walden and eight years writing it.
Saturday, 26 July 2014 03:37
Katherine Gregor
I read this when I first got up this morning and it felt perfect. 'Walden' is one of my favourite books.
Friday, 25 July 2014 18:55
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Sometimes

only poetry is possible.

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Rosy Cole
You can lead a horse to water, they say, but you can't make him drink. Lead him to a mirage and he will certainly develop a thirst... Read More
Friday, 18 July 2014 16:41
Katherine Gregor
Hear, hear, Rosy!
Friday, 18 July 2014 16:46
Katherine Gregor
Come on, Stephen, don't get us to beg...
Friday, 18 July 2014 16:47
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Cervantes, Rimbaud, Chekhov, Yeats

Question of the day: How many writers keep getting better until the end? Or how maybe, how few? You could throw Shakespeare in there, since the Tempest is masterful. Truman Capote and Harper Lee don't count, since Capote could never finish another book after In Cold Blood and Lee could finish only one. Joyce disappeared into Finnegans and never reappeared. Who am I missing?

And I wonder why? Does genius require a physical vigor, or emotional, or both, lost over time?

Sorry, that's three questions.

 

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Katherine Gregor
Not educated enough to agree or disagree. But if it is true – could it be because many people, as they get older, retract more an... Read More
Sunday, 13 July 2014 09:55
Rosy Cole
Katia raises some excellent points. One thing I profoundly believe is that writers get better the more they practise the craft and... Read More
Sunday, 13 July 2014 10:43
Stephen Evans
You're right, Katherine - I don't notice it as much in other arts, maybe because I am less able to judge their quality. Mozart was... Read More
Sunday, 13 July 2014 16:31
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Friendship

I do not wish to treat friendships daintily, but with roughest courage. When they are real, they are not glass threads or frostwork, but the solidest thing we know.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

http://www.emersoncentral.com/friendship.htm

 

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Rosy Cole
That is one of Emerson's most beautiful expressions. An index of true friendship in the present-day random, cursory world. Thanks ... Read More
Thursday, 10 July 2014 21:10
Katherine Gregor
True. Here's one by Samuel Johnson: "A man, Sir, should keep his friendship in constant repair."
Saturday, 12 July 2014 08:09
Stephen Evans
That Emerson knew a thing or two. As did Dr. Johnson. Just the other day I was checking his dictionary.
Sunday, 13 July 2014 05:02
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